This Mint Chocolate Protein Shake Recipe Is Everything
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Stop the post-workout hangry monster—and recover faster—with this protein shake that tastes like a mint chocolate cookie.
This mint chocolate protein shake is made with chocolate-flavored Ladder Whey Protein which provides 26 grams of easily absorbed protein to support muscle growth and repair and help speed recovery. For our plant-based friends, you can also make this recipe with Ladder Plant Protein, which contains 21 grams of pea protein. You can’t go wrong either way!
How to Make a Mint Chocolate Protein Shake
As soon as you can manage to get off the floor after your workout (we’ll give you time, but within 30 minutes is ideal), use a blender to whip Ladder Whey Protein, low-fat milk (or plant-based milk if you prefer), chocolate chips, and mint extract into a delicious smoothie.
Once blended, the chocolate chips give each sip melt-in-your-mouth richness and the mint extract (which is usually a blend of peppermint and spearmint oils), makes the shake taste cool and refreshing. Ice helps thicken it, so use more if you want to pretend you’re having a milkshake, less if you want to drink it down fast.
Also, if you’re making this shake near the holidays, feel free to swap the mint extract for peppermint extract to give you all those warm fuzzies. In an, er, cold shake. Just go with us on this, ok?
Tips to Make Your Mint Chocolate Protein Shake More Filling
This Mint Chocolate Protein Shake provides the protein and calories your body needs to refuel and support muscle growth and repair after a workout.
But, if your next meal is hours away, or you just want to give it extra oomph to make it more filling, we stan adding one or more of these healthy ingredients:
- ½ cup reduced-fat (2%) plain Greek yogurt
- ½ cup cottage cheese (best when blended)
- 1 to 2 tsp. psyllium powder (mix immediately before serving)
- ¼ to ½ cup canned black beans, drained, rinsed
- 1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
- ¼ medium ripe avocado
- 1 to 2 tsp. all-natural nut butter
- 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed, hemp seeds, or chopped nuts
- 1 cup raw spinach or chopped kale
- ½ large ripe banana
- 2 Tbsp. dry old-fashioned rolled oats
Can I Make My Protein Shake In Advance?
Yes, and no. You can blend this protein shake in advance, but the mixture will thicken as it rests and may form clumps.
Luckily, it takes almost no time at all to make, so even if you’re rushing from your workout to whatever comes after, squeezing in this important post-workout nutrition will take mere seconds.
Cameron Fiorenza, BS-NDTR, has a tasty solution for those who want to prepare this recipe in advance: Omit some or all of the liquid and ice, and blend the chocolate-flavored protein powder with Greek yogurt or cottage cheese to make a rich pudding.
Let the mixture chill in the fridge for at least an hour, then top it with fresh berries, if desired, for a post-workout treat.
Do Protein Shakes Help You Lose Weight?
That, according to Denis Faye, M.S., Executive Director of Nutrition at Openfit, should impact weight loss.
Mint Chocolate Protein Shake
Mint Chocolate lovers, your ultimate protein shake is here. The recipe for this easy to make mint chocolate protein shake blends together protein powder, chocolate chips, mint extract, and your favorite milk to make a delicious smoothie.
- 1 cup low-fat milk
- 1 cup ice
- 1 scoop Ladder Whey Protein
- 1½ tsp. chocolate chips
- 1 tsp. pure mint extract
Place milk, ice, Ladder Whey Protein, chocolate chips, and extract in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.